The presentation of the NIC Gold Medal and NIC Silver Medal dates back more than 70 years, making it one of the oldest interfraternal traditions. The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Conference can bestow and recognizes lifelong service to the interfraternal community and/or the NIC. The Silver Medal recognizes exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement.

The 2019 NIC Gold and Silver Medal recipients will be announced at a later date.

2018 Gold Medal Honoree

Edward “Ned” Kirklin


Ned’s contributions outside of the insurance realm are too many to list: speaker at countless conventions and leadership conferences; participant in lobbying efforts for the fraternal experience; loyal donor to the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee; collaborator with other industry vendors. In addition, his generosity goes beyond his professional affiliation. He has been a personal supporter of many organizations’ foundations because he recognizes the value of the educational programming and support provided through foundation funding. Ned has remained a steadfast supporter of the NIC over the past 30 years–though his own fraternity isn’t a member organization.

“Ned has been devoted to protecting the lives of fraternity men and women for over 25 years,” said a nominator. “He has elevated the definition of fraternity, combining leadership and responsibility to our community. Ned has invested his time and resources developing risk management practices so that we can provide a safe environment for our members and guests.”